Changing the Guard

Buckingham Palace

Opening Times

Daily: 10:45am – 11:30am

During the ceremony, one regiment takes over from another. The Queen's Guard consists of the St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace detachments. The New Guard, who during the course of the ceremony become the Queen's Guard, march to Buckingham Palace from Wellington Barracks.

Changing the Guard can sometimes be cancelled at very short notice, especially in wet weather and can be decided as late as 10:45am on the day.


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  • St. James's Park
  • Embankment
  • Charing Cross
  • Waterloo
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